November 13, 2009
Star Sport



Bert Cameron no longer with Wolmer's - But coach insists he was not forced out

Bert Cameron

Former world 400m champion Bertland Cameron is no longer the head coach of the Wolmer's Boys' track and field team.

However, contrary to rumours making the rounds in the track and field fraternity, the coach insists that he was not forced out of the job.

top-five finishes

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, sources familiar with the situation had informed Star Sports that Cameron, who had been at the institution for past five years and led the team to top-five finishes in all of those seasons, was forced out of the job after joining the Racers Track Club.

Dr Walton Small, principal of the Heroes Circle-based institution, while confirming that the coach was no longer at the institution, insisted the parting was based on a mutual agreement.

"We had a mutual agreement on October 2," Small said.

When asked about the rumours regarding Cameron being forced out Small responded, "You will have to go and investigate that information yourself ... I am telling you that it is a mutual agreement."

Cameron, winner of the inaugural World Championships 400m title in 1983, also described his parting company with the school as "a mutual agreement between Dr Small and myself ... I was not fired or anything like that. I just need to move on."

Cameron, Jamaica's Sportsman of the Year between 1981-83, said the rumour was news to him.

"I don't know what other people are saying," Cameron said. "You are always going to hear things."

The 1983 Central America and Caribbean Games (CAC) 400m champion, Cameron also emphatically denied being part of the Racers Track Club.

"I am not (even) part of Racers, I am not, I am not," Cameron said.

"All that is just rumour and speculation ... I am at UWI, but I am working with Moya Thompson and Danielle Browning and two other boys."

- A. F.
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